There are two types of people who are really suited to working abroad. Which one are you – or should you stay put?
Everyone's reactions to moving abroad are different. Some people will adapt better than others – and it can be more beneficial to some people's careers. But how do you know if it's right for you? These are the two types of candidate who benefit most from a stint abroad, according to Kevin Flynn at Hays Montrose.

1 "The first, someone aged up to about 35, unattached, with no kids," he says. "You'll need a degree, five to 10 years' experience in the UK, professional membership, and a good track record. It helps to be self-sufficient and self-confident in order to make new friends and not get too lonely or homesick." If this sounds like you, it's important to consider whether you'll be able to return to the UK at the level you want, and in what ways the industry will have moved on in your absence, before making a decision. You might feel left behind by developments in your specialism or in the firm you previously worked for.

2 The second profile is older, someone with plenty of experience and who has perhaps has children who have left the family home. They're looking for a change of environment to finish off their career by doing something a bit different, reckons Flynn. "Working abroad is a chance to confront more extreme problems and develop yourself by tackling them. It can be a real plus point and add to people's employability back in the UK because you're increasing your knowledge base and experience of dealing with different situations. It can also make your final working years a lot more interesting."

This type of person might consider staying put in their new location after retiring.